Resisting Immigration Detention

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The aim of this article is to provide a normative analysis of the ways in which immigrantsresist immigration detention. After having outlined (in Section 2) some generalfeatures that make immigration detention a rather abnormal condition for humanbeings to be kept in, I distinguish three main forms of resistance to it: institutionalized,non-institutionalized, and anti-institutional. I first spell out, in Section 3, someindividual characteristics of these forms of resistance. Then (in Sections 4 and 5),using Italy as my test case, I suggest, for each of these forms, an interpretation of theirnormative meaning (that is, their meaning according to both the relevant legal rulesand their underlying social values): under this perspective, I argue that they representone of the few ways irregular immigrants have to try to assert their existence and tonegotiate some space within our societies. I conclude the article by presenting somecomments on the effectiveness of the immigrants’ resistance to detention (Section 6).
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)201-221
Numero di pagine21
RivistaEuropean Journal of Migration and Law
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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